Friday, July 16, 2010

'Victorian Vampire Stories' not the 'Twilight' variety

"Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories" edited by Michael Sims; Walker & Company (480 pages, $17)
Most vampires aren't handsome, romantic or protective. They kill. When they rip out your throat, you die smelling corpse breath and terrified.

If you need proof, read "Dracula's Guest," a superb collection of vampire fiction - and non-fiction - from writers dealing with the undead.
Michael Sims has culled stories from the Victorian era to make a collection guaranteed to delight anyone who enjoyed Bram Stoker's "Dracula."
Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 to 1901, but Sims stretched his selections to the beginning of World War I in 1914. He includes several non-fiction pieces reaching back to the 1700s.

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